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Safety is a critical component of a vibrant community, every bit as important as quality affordable housing, good jobs, and high performing schools.  All people deserve to feel that it is safe for their children to walk to school or play in the local park, to shop in local stores, and to enjoy other neighborhood amenities. Safety is also critical to attracting new homeowners and businesses to neighborhoods where such investments can be catalysts for revitalization. The BCJI program enables communities to create comprehensive strategies to address priority crime problems.

Launched in 2012, the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) program was created as part of the Obama Administration’s larger National Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative efforts to help local and tribal communities develop place-based, community-oriented strategies to change neighborhoods of distress into neighborhoods of opportunity.  Other Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative programs include Choice Neighborhoods (Department of Housing and Urban Development), Promise Neighborhoods (Department of Education) and the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (Department of Justice), Health and Human Services (Community Health Centers and Behavioral Health Services) and Treasury.

The BCJI program is administered by the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance and is focused on supporting data-driven, comprehensive responses to crime in some of the country’s most troubled communities.   As the national Training and Technical Assistance Provider for BCJI, LISC is supporting cross-sector partnerships in the 29 cities funded by BCJI  as they seek to address the drivers of crime in persistent “hot spot” locations which are thwarting progress towards neighborhood revitalization.

Training and Technical Assistance

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) partners with the LISC's national Community Safety Initiative (CSI) to provide a range of training and technical assistance services to all BCJI grantees. Enhanced by partnerships with nationally-known criminal justice and community development experts, LISC’s technical assistance is organized around several main themes that are critical to the BCJI model.

  • Use data and research to guide program strategy
  • Engage community members in shaping crime prevention and revitalization efforts 
  • Tackle problems from multiple angles through cross-sector partnerships
  • Integrate crime control efforts with revitalization strategies

Learn more about the BCJI Program 

The LISC Community Safety Initiative (CSI) is the national training and technical assistance provider for the BCJI program.  since 1994, LISC CSI has supported strategic partnerships among law enforcement, residents, business owners and members of other neighborhood institutions to reduce crime and spur investment in troubled neighborhoods. 

LISC is a national organization with a community focus. Our program staff are based in every city and many of the rural areas where LISC-supported community development takes shape. In collaboration with local community development groups, LISC staff help identify priorities and challenges, delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs.


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